The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

Local News

June 19, 2014

Health initiative lands new playground at East Park

Thanks to a health initiative grant from Keys 4 Healthy Kids, new playground equipment was recently added to the East Park in Beckley.

Director of Raleigh County Family Resource Network Debbie Williams said she thought the children in the East Park area could really benefit from a project that would get them outdoors and active.

“Partnering with the Southern West Virginia Multicultural Museum and Community Center, we came up with the idea for a new piece of playground equipment for East Park,” Williams said.

She said many children in the area are at risk for a life of obesity, so writing the grant was simple.

The grant was awarded several weeks ago and the playground equipment was installed with the help of Troy Toney with Grandview Country Store and Bob Robertson with Beckley Public Works.

The unveiling of the equipment was held June 13, and guests received free ice cream at the event.

Attendees included former councilman Frank Williams, Delegate Linda Sumner, Mayor Bill O’Brien, First Lady of Beckley Lynn O’Brien, and Common Council members Ann Worley, Tim Berry, Cedric Robertson, Ron Booker, Tom Sopher and Mike Atterson.

“The Keys’ mission is to help reverse the trend of childhood obesity by engaging communities in planning and advocacy,” Williams said.

“The Keys 4 Healthy Kids program was made possible by funding through the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Claude Worthington Benedum Foundation. Dr. Jamie Jeffrey, a Charleston based pediatrician, is the local Keys program director and was very helpful in helping us receive this grant. This is a wonderful asset to our community and I’m just so glad that everyone’s hard work and plans were successful.”

— E-mail: wholdren@register-herald.com

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